A 26-year-old man was scheduled to make his first appearance in court Thursday on charges of threatening a teacher with ruining her career by posting online illicit pictures of her taken when they were a couple.

Michael Jay Morrison was charged with two felony counts of extortion, and five counts of harassment by electronic communication, two counts of disorderly conduct of unlawful dissemination of private photographs and recordings, all misdemeanors.

According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Morrison allegedly threatened to distribute an image of an intimate body part of the victim that was taken under the assumption it would be kept private.

The victim was granted a five-year restraining order on Wednesday. According to her application for a restraining order, she said that while she was at work June 5 she was sent a link from Reddit that she said her ex-boyfriend posted, masquerading as her, soliciting sex and detailing where she worked.

The victim went to Buena Park police, and while she was at the station she said he sent her a “screen shot” of himself emailing her work pretending to be a “concerned parent,” she said in the restraining order application.

Morrison allegedly kept threatening her in text messages, demanding she talk to him, she alleged.

Morrison later demanded she return a battery charger and keys to a storage space and van that he claimed belonged to him, she alleged. Police advised her to meet with him to return the items at the police station or with an officer present.

When her current boyfriend tried calling Morrison, he did not respond, but he later drove by her home on his motorcycle, revving the vehicle and making obscene gestures, she alleged.

On June 2, “That morning Michael kept blowing up my phone with texts and calls saying if I don’t talk to him or give him money he was gonna post my nudes,” the victim alleged in her restraining order request. “He sent me a link to where he posted the photos and threatened me, saying he won’t take them down.”

Morrison also allegedly drove over to her home, threw a ring at her and left a note saying, “You are in for a world of hurt and misery,” she said.

In his text messages to the victim, Morrison alluded to a four-year relationship between the two, according to the restraining order.

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